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Topkapi Palace Manchester
Tel. 0871 231 1741 (*= Calls cost 13p per minute plus your phone company's operating charge)
205 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3NW [map]
~ 3 min walk to the manchester opera house ~
Small and popular Turkish restaurant and takeaway on Deansgate, close to Manchester Opera House
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Topkapi Palace Manchester - overall reader reviews
most popular dish: Lux Karisik Izgara (Charcoal Mixed Grill) £23.95 (for 2)
Topkapi Palace Restaurant Manchester - our review
Manchester's Oldest Turkish Fails To Delight

Trusted Reviewer "There's not many long-standing restaurants in Manchester that we haven't yet visited but, for some unknown reason, Topkapi Palace was one. We've had loads of good reviews of the Deansgate restaurant over the years so it was with great expectations that we entered the restaurant door. Well, we say restaurant door, it's actually the takeaway door you have to enter and then through the sliding door into the restaurant itself, in the process squeezing past the queue of kebab hungry office workers, drunks, students and [enter your own stereotype here].

Having been on Deansgate since 1979 and owned by Manchester's first Turkish chef, Seref Dursun, Topkapi Palace was only recently redesigned to throw more emphasis on its busy takeaway offering. It is a little off putting having to walk through the sliding door in the kebab shop, however once inside, the restaurant is warm and inviting unless you happen to be sat in the corner next to the takeaway entrance. It is a world away from its namesake, the grand Topkpai Palace in Istanbul, which is probably the best remaining example of the Ottoman empire, and it resembles little more than a cafe, with a mish mash of paintings and photos on the wall of the homeland.

The staff are incredibly friendly, presumably of Turkish origin but with the broadist Mancunian accents you will probably hear. They were also efficient and very informal, which seemed to match the cafe type atmosphere. Sadly, the conversation seemed to be a bit too informal later though when another waitress arrived somewhat unhappy and they all started to swear loudly and bitch, presumably about their boss, (who wasn't present), from one side of the restaurant to another with no care for who was in earshot (the entire restaurant). They even continued their conversation whilst serving customers as if they didn't exist, much to the annoyance of one couple on a table near us who had obviously chosen the wrong venue for a romantic lunch.

The menu is impressive with a great selection of typical Turkish dishes that you won't find elsewhere in Manchester. Most main course dishes are around the £11 mark, and the Lunch Menu proves incredible value at £7.50 for 2 courses with a soft drink, as does the Early Evening Menu at £9.95, which is served from 3:30pm until 7:30pm, ideal for those visiting the Opera House, just around the corner.

Topkapi Palace

Sadly they were out of Cerkez Tavugu (Chicken & Walnuts) so we were offered Hummus with pita bread instead (£3.75). As with the Peynirli Mitre (Meatballs in Cheese, £4.50), the portion size was incredibly generous and the food tasty. So much so, we were so overfaced that we almost cancelled our main course order, the Lux Karisik Izgara (Charcoal Mixed Grill for two, £23.95).

This was a huge letdown; a greasy, overcooked sprawling mess of a plate with very small cuts of lamb cutlets, chicken & lamb kebabs (photo). Whilst served with fresh salad and fluffy rice, it's hard to say anything positive about the grill.

We started to wonder if the lady on the table next to us, who was being attended to by paramedics for some kind of breathing problem, had ordered the same dish. Either way, we should have seen the ambulance parked outside as a warning sign and walked on by, choosing to visit a different restaurant on this occassion.

Overall, based on this visit, we were incredibly disappointed as we had expected so much more of Topkapi Palace. In essence, it was little more than a cafe and the design of the restaurant with its onus on the takeaway side of their business, probably reflects where it stands on the pecking order of Manchester's restaurants." - restaurants of manchester 8/12/10 (visited on a wednesday lunchtime)

"£11 for mains"
"far too informal"
"more a cafe"
"a real let down"

Topkapi Palace Turkish Restaurant - member's reviews
Trusted Reviewer "Every time we go to Topkapi Palace, the food is excellent and the service so welcoming and friendly. Love it" - catheine akin, manchester 29/8/08 (visited on a Bank Holiday Monday afternoon)

Topkapi Palace, Manchester

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